Brett Rumford disqualified from Scottish Open for signing for a wrong score

Australian Brett Rumford was disqualified from the Scottish Open before he teed
off in the third round today after realising he had signed for a wrong score.

Rumford took a bogey four on the short 17th in his second round, but a three was put on his card by playing partner Sam Little, who was marking it.

The 32-year-old from Perth made the cut with one shot to spare on one over par, 11 behind leader Darren Clarke, but his error put him out of the £3million tournament.

Brett Rumford of Australia

Disqualified: Brett Rumford of Australia signed for the wrong score

As well as giving him a weekend off it also ended his hopes of qualifying for next week's Open at St Andrews. There is one place up for grabs at Loch Lomond, but it goes only to the leading non-exempt player in the top five.

Clarke, also looking for the spot, led by three from Italian Edoardo Molinari and by four from Welshman Bradley Dredge and Swede Peter Hedblom.

Graeme McDowell of Northern Ireland

Making his move: Graeme McDowell

Molinari and Dredge are in The Open, but Hedblom is not.

First of the early starters to make their presence felt were two players with hopes of making their Ryder Cup debuts in October.

England's Ross Fisher, winner of the Volvo World Match in Spain last November and runner-up in the BMW International two weeks ago, had four birdies in six holes to turn in 32 after making the cut by the skin of his teeth on two over.

Also two under was Welshman Rhys Davies after following an eagle at the third with a birdie on the next.

Fisher is currently 12th on the cup points list and Davies 15th.

Graeme McDowell, golf's newest major champion, was quick off the mark too.

Playing with Frenchman Gregory Havret, the player who was runner-up to him in the US Open last month, McDowell birdied the first, third and fourth and on three under was suddenly up into a share for ninth place.

The Ulsterman, amazingly, is chasing his third straight victory. He was successful at the Wales Open before heading to Pebble Beach.

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